As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead and passed a measure under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that expresses disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures. Among other radical changes made by the Board, the “quickie election” procedures would allow a labor union to hold an election in as little as 11 days after filing an election petition. Further, the rules would force employers to turn over employee email addresses to a labor union.
The House voted largely along party lines, with 232 representatives approving the measure and 186 members opposed. This echoed the Senate’s vote breakdown, which was 53 for and 46 against.
In a short statement, the White House hinted that it would veto the disapproval measure:
[The NLRB’s] “modest reforms will help simplify and streamline private sector union elections, thereby reducing delays before workers can have a free and fair vote on whether or not to form or join a union.”
Assuming the White House does veto the measure, the procedures are expected to take effect on April 14th. And it is unlikely that Republican Senators can garner enough votes to override the almost-certain veto.
However, there are also several legal challenges being mounted against the implementation of the procedures, most notably from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which argued that the rules “would stack the deck against employers.” That case and another similar suit are currently being briefed in U.S. District Court.